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  • 2014 albums   2 days 11 hours ago

    Hey Elston, are you this same Elston? If so (and even if not), please join the tournament I copied from you on my page. We need some more choices and it would be great to have yours.

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!   2 days 12 hours ago

    I didn't notice Steve Reich is on the list. Please add Transition if there's still room for more entries.

  • Favorite movies   2 days 13 hours ago

    To be clear, "Watching the camera watch something else is miraculous" not because the film was so boring but because it was infectious, hopeless (but not in a way that makes us critical of him or it). Being suicidal ourselves, we can watch him and not be suicidal anymore somehow, as if looking at stand-ins for ourselves in third person in a foreign environment makes a difference. The dry environment only confirms his beliefs about life. The green environment that the film crew is seen in accidentally confirms and "paints" the repudiation of them, without any words. It shows the magnitude of difference that a change in outlook (born of creativity) makes on the landscape and horizon. The originality lies in the expressionistic setting and in particular the lack of dramatic expression in the main character, which allows him to represent the most determined and clear-eyed of the suicidal, not even bursting at the seams with sorrow or anything, seemingly happy in their final days, who are the hardest to confront or even care about.

    I'm not interested in writing reviews for those two movies, but maybe when I watch them again.

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!   2 days 14 hours ago

    I think so. I've been asking a lot of people for their participation but so far only maxshrek responded so this means more space for our selections than just 10, I guess. I'll include ten of Zacharyyy's top rated albums and I'll put Good on your list as well. And, if everyone agrees, I can also include a top ten list from a music magazine or critic.

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!   2 days 14 hours ago

    Oh hey, when did this happen? This is a great idea! As for my selections, replace Meet The Residents with Unit Structures and I'll be fine. It sucks that Parable of Arable Land and Good have not made it yet into the nominations by the way but I'm quite sure Resident Ubu would include Meet The Residents and Parable of Arable Land anyway.

    Could Zacharyyy's list be included (judging from his ratings which albums would be in his selections) though he is not active any longer?

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!   2 days 14 hours ago

    Thank you for participating, max. The only problem is only 3 of those selections aren't already listed - Marble Index, L'Apparenza and the White Album. This is still the first stage of the tournament where we're building the universe of selections. The top tens are just a way of getting a fair start for every voter. You have the right to replace the 7 repeated entries with another 7. They don't have to be just rock either. Jazz, contemporary classical and electronic music are also allowed.
    Anyway, if you feel you're already represented by the selections listed so far you don't need to come up with more.

  • Favorite movies   2 days 14 hours ago

    I was actually thinking about this today before looking at your list/comment. The monotony of the film makes the viewer more sensitive to the signs of life everywhere. It makes an interesting contrast with Bresson's A Man Escaped by the way. That's a film which uses the same techniques (monotony/sensitivity) but where Taste of Cherry seems to have the life drained away from it, A Man Escaped goes in the opposite direction. (You might want to look at the rest of this post after you've watched A Man Escaped). The desert in one and the prison in the other, both represent the borders between life and certain death, but the main character in one film deliberately moves deeper into the desert towards his death, while the other desperately wants to escape from the prison/death.

    (By the way, I would love to see your reviews of Terminator and Wizard of Oz.)

  • Favorite TV Shows   2 days 15 hours ago

    Hmm, Sherlock Holmes was a good film as well. The Conan Doyle stories/novels are favourites of mine (I must get around to finishing all of them sometime). BTW, one thing which surprised me a lot when I finally read A Study in Scarlet was that he did not know or even care about basic facts about other fields of science; for some reason, I'd always supposed that he had great knowledge about many different fields.

  • Movie Log, 2010-2015   2 days 15 hours ago

    Glad to see you loved the Jump Street films!

    Btw, the Conjuring is directed by James Wan, not The Conjuring :P

  • Favorite TV Shows   2 days 17 hours ago

    I like all the recent Sherlock adaptions-- the Downey Jr. films, Elementary (which suffers from unevenness), Sherlock. I really enjoyed the Conan Doyle stories growing up, and have read them all, but I think his giving Sherlock such a bland personality is responsible for making all these wildly different adaptions possible. It gives a lot of freedom.

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!   2 days 20 hours ago

    I'm not a rock connoisseur. Anyway these are my favourite album
    1966 - Blonde on Blonde
    1967 - Velvet Underground and Nico
    1968 - Astral Weeks
    1968 - Marble Index
    1968 - The Beatles (aka The White Album)
    1968 - The Doors
    1968 - White Light / White Heat
    1974 - Rock Bottom
    1980 - Remain in Light
    1988 - L'Apparenza

  • Favorite TV Shows   2 days 22 hours ago

    Finally, a TV show I've watched, lol. Sherlock is great! Especially Season 3.

  • Favorite movies   3 days 2 hours ago

    Badlands is a psychological film about our embodiment of stereotypes and the consequences of our being aware of our stereotyped appearances, which stand in for our real selves. This causes men to want to be posers, and girls to want to be with them, but the stereotypes themselves creating the fantasy of the relationship cause it to end. The poser realizes his happiness rests on the girl validating his image for him and the girl realizes her happiness rests on the authenticity of the image.

    He intuits that he was only pretending to be somebody, but still finds personal delight in others' recognition of his likeness to James Dean. As long as he looks like a kind of person, it is his fate to act like that person. He realizes that his public illusion was just as much a personal one which he could find no reason to continue holding on to once she stopped caring, although he will still "be" the glorified identity that society now defines him as. He has sculpted his identity from the stone of mythical symbolism and equated his self-recognition with social recognition, forcing egocentric requirements where there are none. A heartbreaking film that is like Taxi Driver with a rural setting, with the common theme of existential isolation.

  • Favorite movies   3 days 2 hours ago

    Taste of Cherry represents more than evokes the suicidal journey. He is not manic but has simply decided what is the rational option. The shot of the film crew at the end equates the directorial vision with spirituality, showing the difference between the lack of creativity underlying the main character's monotony and suffering and the creative spirit that enforces our conception of all that life offers and puts us not just in the scene but behind the scenes, not a victim of God but God himself. If the cameraman himself became suicidal, there would be another camera watching him without any judgment, behind the behind-the-scenes camera, and this is spiritual.

    The suicidal vision, therefore, is merely the product of a droning mind from which the "greenery" of possibility is sealed, the product of a director on autopilot, who has separated from the minds of other humans, unaware he is making a bad film, that he can go back and make it better. The film is monotonous for the same reason the man's life is monotonous. Simply watching the camera watch something else becomes miraculous. However, that is not the point.

    Expecting art to be evocative rather than representational, you can miss the greatness of the film. Once you identify with the film (once it represents you), it becomes evocative anyway.

  • 10 Albums I'd Take to a Deserted Island* (so far, on my musical journey)   3 days 4 hours ago

    I'm doing this little tournament for the best album ever and it would be great if you submitted your top ten albums in the comment section. This list would be great, only 3 of these albums - London Calling, the White Album, and Blonde on Blonde - were already picked.

  • MY DESERT ISLAND WORKS OF ART   3 days 9 hours ago

    Hey maxshrek, please share your best albums selections on my tournament page. It's a lot of fun.

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!   3 days 11 hours ago

    Thank you. The tournament will begin in a couple of days. I really have no problem with left field selections (Steve Reich is also on the list). I've been listening to Transition and it's really something. But may your wish come true. I'll put Transition on standby.

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!   3 days 12 hours ago

    Great idea. Waiting for the tournament to begin.

    I think Transition is way too left field for this competition since it's basically classical minimalism. I like to replace it with Creature Comforts by Black Dice.

  • Favourite Albums   3 days 15 hours ago

    I'm putting together a tournament for best album ever on my page and I'd be glad to have ten of your selections there. We need Born to Run on the race!

  • Forums: "You Know You're A New Yorker When...: - From the New York Times   4 days 3 hours ago

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  • Greatest Pop Albums [includes R & B/Soul/Hip Hop] (in-progress)   4 days 10 hours ago

    Its been too long since I heard Off the Wall. Thriller has pretty amazing production and manages to even be compelling through its different personas. It would maybe make this list as a 7/10. Its at least 6 or 6.5.

  • Greatest Pop Albums [includes R & B/Soul/Hip Hop] (in-progress)   4 days 12 hours ago

    What would you rate Michael Jackson's Off the Wall and Thriller?

  • List of Oscar nominated actors and actresses by date of death   4 days 13 hours ago

    Available on Netflix for the ten last
    Bold means Oscar nominated role
    Bold caps means Oscar winning role
    * means recommended movie

    LUISE RAINER


    LAUREN BACALL
    - The Forger, 2012
    - The Walker, 2007
    - Diamonds, 1999
    - Ready to Wear, 1994 *
    - All I Want For Christmas, 1991
    - How to Marry a Millionaire, 1953 *


    ROBIN WILLIAMS
    - The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, 2014
    - Lee Daniels' The Butler, 2013 *
    - The Big Wedding, 2013
    - The Face of Love, 2013
    - World's Greatest Dad, 2009 *
    - Old Dogs, 2009
    - August Rush, 2007
    - License to Wed, 2007
    - Man of the Year, 2006
    - RV, 2006
    - The Big White, 2005 *
    - The Final Cut, 2004
    - House of D, 2004
    - One Hour Photo, 2002 *
    - Bicentennial Man, 1999
    - Jakob the Liar, 1999
    - Patch Adams, 1998 *
    - What Dreams May Come, 1998 *
    - GOOD WILL HUNTING, 1997 *
    - Deconstructing Harry, 1997 *
    - Flubber, 1997
    - The Birdcage, 1996 *
    - Jack, 1996
    - Jumanji, 1995
    - Mrs Doubtfire, 1993 *
    - Toys, 1992
    - Dead Again, 1991 *
    - Hook, 1991
    - Awakenings, 1990 *
    - Dead Poets Society, 1989 *
    - Good Morning, Vietnam, 1987 *


    JAMES GARNER
    - The Ultimate Gift, 2006
    - The Notebook, 2004 *
    - Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, 2002
    - Space Cowboys, 2000
    - Twilight, 1998
    - Maverick, 1994 *
    - The Castaway Cowboy, 1974
    - Support Your Local Gunfighter, 1971 *
    - Support Your Local Sheriff, 1969 *
    - The Great Escape, 1963 *
    - Move Over Darling, 1963 *
    - The Children's Hour, 1961 *


    RUBY DEE
    - A Thousand Words, 2012
    - Video Girl, 2011
    - American Gangster, 2007 *
    - Baby Geniuses, 1999
    - Cop and a Half, 1993


    MARTHA HYER
    - The Night of the Grizzly, 1966
    - The Sons of Katie Elder, 1965 *
    - The Carpetbaggers, 1964 *
    - Houseboat, 1958 *
    - Sabrina, 1954 *
    - Down Three Dark Streets, 1954


    JOAN LORRING


    BOB HOSKINS
    - Snow White and the Huntsman, 2012 *
    - Made in Dagenham, 2010 *
    - Doomsday, 2008
    - Outlaw, 2007
    - Hollywoodland, 2006 *
    - Paris, Je T'aime, 2006
    - Mrs Henderson Presents, 2005 *
    - Son of the Mask, 2005
    - Unleashed, 2005
    - Vanity Fair, 2004 *
    - Beyond the Sea, 2004
    - Den of Lions, 2003
    - Maid in Manhattan, 2002 *
    - Enemy at the Gates, 2001
    - Cousin Bette, 1998
    - Hook, 1991
    - Mermaids, 1990
    - Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1988 *
    - A Prayer for the Dying, 1987
    - The Long Good Friday, 1980 *


    MICKEY ROONEY
    - The Muppets, 2011 *
    - Erik the Viking, 1989
    - Leave 'em Laughing, 1981
    - It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, 1963 *
    - Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961 *
    - The Last Mile, 1959
    - The Bridges at Toko-Ri, 1954 *
    - The Big Wheel, 1949
    - Love Laughs at Andy Hardy, 1946


    PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN
    - A Most Wanted Man, 2014 *
    - God's Pocket, 2014
    - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, 2013 *
    - The Master, 2012 *
    - A Late Quartet, 2012 *
    - The Ides of March, 2011 *
    - Moneyball, 2011 *
    - Jack Goes Boating, 2010
    - Pirate Radio, 2009 *
    - Doubt, 2008 *
    - Synecdoche, New York, 2008 *
    - Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, 2007 *
    - Mission: Impossible III, 2006 *
    - CAPOTE, 2005 *
    - Along Came Polly, 2004
    - Cold Mountain, 2003 *
    - 25th Hour, 2002 *
    - Punch-Drunk Love, 2002 *
    - Red Dragon, 2002 *
    - Almost Famous, 2000 *
    - The Talented Mr Ripley, 1999 *
    - Flawless, 1999
    - The Big Lebowski, 1998 *
    - Happiness, 1998 *
    - Patch Adams, 1998 *
    - Next Stop Wonderland, 1998
    - Scent of a Woman, 1992 *

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!   4 days 15 hours ago

    That's a great list (Buddy Guy!). Already a lot of great music mentioned. Thanks for the Billie Holiday video and article also.

  • Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!   4 days 16 hours ago

    It's a shame classical and pre-LP era music (Bix, Louis, Billie) are naturally out of the running. In any case, a lot of my favourites have been mentioned (A Love Supreme, Ascension, The Black Saint, & Nico, Highway 61, Exile, etc. I guess I have conventional taste). Here's a list I'm comfortable enough signing my name to, at least for the moment:

    Thelonious Monk - Brilliant Corners (1957)
    Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)
    Buddy Guy - A Man & the Blues (1968)
    The Tony Williams Lifetime - Emergency! (1969)
    Miles Davis - A Tribute to Jack Johnson (1971)
    Sly & the Family Stone - There's a Riot Goin' On (1971)
    The Clash - London Calling (1979)
    The Indestructible Beat of Soweto (1986)
    DJ Shadow - Endtroducing... (1996)
    Ghostface Killah - Fishscale (2006)